U.K. tallies $2.7B in 2001 tourism losses

LONDON -- The U.K.'s Office of National Statistics revealed its final tally on Great Britain's tourism losses for 2001.

The combination of the hoof-and-mouth disease outbreak and Sept. 11 resulted in a 14% drop in spending by overseas visitors and the posting of tourism losses to the tune of $2.7 billion.

Foreign visitor totals slid by 250,000 in the second half of September, and December saw foreign visitors drop by 17% compared with the previous year, as weary Yanks and others stayed close to home.

The Brits are looking to the British Tourist Authority's latest U.S. promotion, called "UKOK," and celebrations surrounding Queen Elizabeth II's golden jubilee to kick-start tourism this year.

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